Saturday, 12 September 2015


Evening everybody. I can't believe it's the last night of releases tonight. The week has gone by in the flashiest of flashes :oD

It's Jo Firth Young's turn to share her amazing Christmas releases with you tonight and they will really knock your socks off.

Here is Leandra's round up video

and here, for the last time this week, is what I made

When all is said I done I love colouring and Jo's stamps really do lend themselves to that so I started off in my happy place with some paints and metallic glaze and kept everything very clean and simple so the images and the colouring would shine.

I've used an acrylic tag again here. I really am addicted to them at the moment because you can layer them backwards AND forwards. I've put a layer of Frosting Glaze swirls sponged through a stencil, backed with some white gauze and then backed again with some textured white paper. I've layered the images on the front of the tag with some glittered gel medium coloured with white Fresco Finish paint to form a kind of snowy frame and used black gingham ribbon to keep a sort of modern Nordic look going.


 I really loved Jo's twiggy snowman/scarecrow and I wanted to put him on fabric. I painted some strips of fabric with Fresco Paints in Jo's chosen pallette and sewed them to some layers of fabric and Mulberry paper to give my twig man a base I've kept the whole thing very rough like scarecrow clothes and used a variety of stitches to add texture and interest. Believe it or not, it was harder to make everything a little bit wonky than it would have been to make it all straight!?  I kept having to tweak things and pull things as I went along.  I found some lovely cream sequins for snowflakes and I really like those. 


Back to my happy place again. I LOVE this cloche stamp and the string of lights and stars. I've used a fair bit of sparkle here, using a mixture of Spica pens and Metallic Glaze, which adds such a beautiful lustre to everything. You can mix it with the paint or layer it over the top. I really love it.


The twiggy theme running through Jo's stamps this time really appeals to me and it brought to mind a kind of understated Nordic style with natural fibres and neutral shades. I dug out some beautiful Mulberry paper I've been hoarding and some canvas fabric and really enjoyed the looser, more natural styling of these pieces. The Fresco Paints sit so well on fabric. It's something I'll be doing a lot more of. I love the effect.

and here I've used a little embroidery and some beads

Don't forget to go and check out Jo's additional samples and step outs here.  You'll be able to take a closer look at all the samples from Jo's wingmen too.

A big thank you to all at PaperArtsy. They are my crafting heroes and I've been geeking out (and freaking out) to be alongside such talent all week. I can honestly say I've enjoyed every single minute (EVEN when I was making my Hot Picks samples at 4am!!?).

They're a great bunch so I hope you'll drop by and support them at Ally Pally next week. They've got some amazing stuff lined up to share with you and all the new products will be available at the PaperArtsy stand.

There's also a chance to win entrance tickets this week, so check out the blogs for your chance to go along.

Have a great weekend everybody. Thanks for dropping by.



  1. Good grief, Lauren - you have been the busiest woman in town with this release (except perhaps Leandra!). Another delightful set of samples - that scarecrow is enchanting with his muted colour tones, striped fabric and lovely sequin snow. Love the baubles too, so sparkly in their bell jar - brilliant!

    So happy I can now go and leave the love I've been dying to leave on the rest of your projects this week! Thank you for changing it back.
    Alison xx

  2. What a GORGEOUS collection, I truly think this is my fave though I did love your pumpkin, snowman, clock .... you sensing a pattern here!!!

    Love your comment moderator too, looks like she'll be keeping us all in order!


  3. I've just been through all the releases this week while browsing and you REALLY have been a busy bee! Your samples are absolutely fantastic and so versatile.
    Amazing what you have done with the latest JOFY sets. I love the 'tall' look of the snowman and tree- works perfectly on fabric and very inventive. The shininess is awesome too :-)

  4. Loving these gorgeous makes Lauren, the tag and canvas projects are scrumptious! Well done on your fabulous makes for PA! x

  5. I had struggled so much to leave you any comments this week and did not want you to think I had not been visiting !!! Oh my you have been so busy!! but fabulous!
    Just love what you have been doing with all the fabulous new releases Lauren. Such a variety and so talented ! This is another fabulous set of stamps
    x catherine

  6. More fab makes. Bet decorating seems like a rest after all the crafting. X

  7. I too had been looking at your work, but Google plus was problematic for me.xx

  8. More fabulous samples Lauren, wonderful Christmas images and a fabulous selection again.


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